CHICAGO -- The University of Illinois Chicago has received a nearly $900,000 federal grant to help study the support rape victims receive and the outcomes of their recovery, according to university officials.
The money for the three-year grant comes from the National Institutes of Health and will focus on "how to support processes from social networks impact victims' adjustment," according to the university.
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UIC social psychologist Sarah Ullman will lead the study.
Researchers will collect surveys and interview data from Chicago-area women in hopes of developing social support interventions that better help victims and their friends and families.
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"Ultimately, we hope to improve support for rape victims by reducing the related negative post-disclosure adjustments they experience, lowering secondary traumatic stress for support providers; and improving relationships between victims and informal support network members," Ullman said in a statement.
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UIC receives nearly 900K grant to study support for rape victims
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